According to an estimate done by the Research and Analysis division of Forecasting and Analyzing Digital Entertainment, LLC (FADE); Steam brought in an estimated $970 Million USD during 2010, with December’s total rounding out at an estimated $230 Million alone. What this essentially means is that the digital distribution method of delivering PC games to players around the world which has been a hot button issue at times over the last couple of years is not only a proven method of choice but also a healthy growing market. While there are still many players whom prefer the experience of going to a brick and mortar retailer, the growth seen in 2010 in digital distribution shows where the future is leading.
Included in the release regarding this report, here’s the top selling titles by their estimated gross revenue in 2010.
Top Selling Titles, by Estimated Gross Revenues in 2010
Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision) – $98.2 Million USD
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision) – $39.4 Million USD
Left 4 Dead 2 (Valve) – $36.0 Million USD
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (Electronic Arts) – $25.4 Million USD
Sid Meier’s Civilization V (2K Games) – $21.9 Million USD
Portal (Valve) – $20.0 Million USD
Fallout: New Vegas (Bethesda Softworks) – $17.0 Million USD
Metro 2033 (THQ) – $13.4 Million USD
Mafia II (2K Games) – $11.9 Million USD
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Chaos Rising (THQ) – $10.8 Million USD
I can only see digital distribution getting even more popular in the future. Seems like Steam had the right idea back in 2004. I love valve and I’m glad they are experiencing so much success.
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